The young Cambodian Seng Channeang wants to keep on growing organic rice for her family and village, and hopes to export it. But a small elite in Cambodia is buying up ever more land and throwing off the local farmers in favour of large-scale sugar plantations. Seng Channeang protests and demonstrates with other local farmers. Then she musters the courage to pay a visit to one of the richest and most powerful men in the country…. The film continues to follow her through four dramatic years. Can she still win her battle?
Silent Land – the fight for fair food has been screened at international festivals and has won various awards.
This feature film is preceded by the award-winning short film Silent Snow. Director Jan van den Berg will introduce both films. After the sceening during the break you can try some ecologically responsible snacks provided by The Green Kitchen, a restaurant in Wageningen. After the break there will be a short presentation by Niek Koning (WUR – Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group) and a Q&A with the director Jan van den Berg.
And as an audience member you will receive the recipes (in a handy stand) for all the dishes made as part of the Film & Food programme, which has been developed around these films. On 16 October, World Food Day, the Gouden Buffel awards will be presented to the chefs who have devised the best ecological recipes for the various screenings in the Netherlands.